Police Numbers (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Steve O'Connell (AM): Mr Mayor, I am sure that in the coming months and years this tortuous conversation about statistics and numbers will be repeated, so we must anticipate that. Importantly to our residents, the point I made earlier, is that crime is going down. You made a commitment to extra police on the neighbourhoods and we must keep the confidence of the public up. Mr Mayor, would you agree with me that those are the things that matter to Londoners, but also there is a place for this organisation through Joanne's (McCartney) Chairmanship of the Police and Crime Committee (P&C) to hold the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to account, for MOPAC to hold the Commissioner to account? That is where that sort of dialogue should be going on to ensure that crime is driven down, Mr Mayor, and that the confidence of Londoners and their families to go about their business in a safe manner is the most important thing?

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Answer for Police Numbers (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Police Numbers (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): That is right, and I think that most 'commonsensical' people will agree that the prime function of the Police is not to preserve a bureaucracy whole and entire but to keep crime coming down. That is what they are doing and they are doing a very good job.

As for the role of the Assembly, what I have always said, when we embarked on the reforms and I effectively became the Commissioner for London, it was always going to be in my mind that the function of the Assembly was to provide the scrutiny function of the old Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and I stick to that.

Darren Johnson (Chair): Thank you. Assembly Member Tracey.